Ratafia is a fruit brandy traditionally made by combining unfermented grape juice with marc brandy. It can be made out of other ingredients, too: fruit kernels, bitter almonds, or fresh fruit. For the home cook, ratafia is a fun way to capture seasonal fruit into a cordial to drink later. This recipe, adapted from Jane Grigson’s Good Things, combines fresh quince with sugar, spices, and brandy or vodka.
|1||thumb-size knob of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced|
|¼||tsp. ground mace|
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